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The people of Chincoteague are engaged in a battle at the water’s edge against rising seas. All along U.S. shores, people, businesses and governments are confronting rising seas not as a future possibility. For them, the ocean’s rise is a troubling everyday reality. Reuters gathered more than 25 million hourly readings from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tide gauges at nearly 70 sites on the U.S. coast and compared them to flood thresholds documented by the National Weather Service. The analysis was then narrowed to include only the 25 gauges with data spanning at least five decades. During that period, the average number of days a year that tidal waters reached or exceeded NOAA flood thresholds increased at all but two sites and tripled at more than half of the locations.
(USATODAY) Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurance firm, sees climate change driving the increase and predicts those influences will continue in years ahead. Per a new report supported by Munich Re, the number of natural disasters per year has been rising dramatically on all continents since 1980, but the trend is steepest for North America where countries have been battered by hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, searing heat and drought.
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Munich re reports on its website about the impact of climatic change: economic losses amounting to some US$380 billion have made 2011 the most expensive natural disaster year to date.Munich Re lays out its overview in a 62 page report available as a PDF document.
by Bill Golden
Dr. Richard Muller has often been the poster child for global-warming skepticism. Just about every major challenge to global-warming theory invokes Muller’s name.
Muller is a real scientist. He had doubts. He asked smart questions. He didn’t like the answers, but neither did he spend time with the data.
Being a scientist, Muller decided to investigate global-warming data, and to conduct a comprehensive review. His effort is called the ‘Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project’ at http://www.BerkeleyEarth.org
Conclusion: The data presented previously by scientific organizations supporting global-warming theory was overwhelming correct and based upon sound scientific method.
As for those that say that parts of the earth are cooling, yes that is a situation in some areas. But that is an important part of the study as to how global warming is changing our environment. And how it will change our environment, not for the better.
Muller recently outlined his case in the Wall Street Journal and published his data for public and scientific scrutiny online at www.BerkeleyEarth.org.
From the Wall Street Journal piece, Muller writes: “When we began our study, we felt that skeptics had raised legitimate issues, and we didn’t know what we’d find. Our results turned out to be close to those published by prior groups. We think that means that those groups had truly been very careful in their work, despite their inability to convince some skeptics of that. They managed to avoid bias in their data selection, homogenization and other corrections.”
“Global warming is real. Perhaps our results will help cool this portion of the climate debate. How much of the warming is due to humans and what will be the likely effects? We made no independent assessment of that.”